Sculpture I is an introductory level course designed to help students develop basic art skills and problem-solving techniques with an emphasis on three-dimensional design and spatial awareness.  The students will learn…

·   various techniques with a variety of materials

·   terminology associated with 3-dimensional design

·   production of functional and non-functional sculpted art

·   technical, historical, aesthetic, cultural and contemporary concerns of sculptors

·   to develop their own personal and artistic ways of working

During the semester, we will have group discussions, teacher presentations and demonstrations, student self-guided research, class critiques and home drawing or planning assignments.  Students are expected to participate in class discussions and give input surrounding their opinions and thoughts about the discussion.  Students are expected to take notes on art vocabulary and process steps during demonstration in a sketchbook.  

Materials You Will Need:

·      Small 3-ring binder (1” is suitable) with 5 tabbed dividers – this will act as your sketchbook and hold all course documents

·      Several pencils – bring one to every class

·      A few erasers – bring one to every class

·      Additional materials may be needed based on student designs & plans

Due to the nature of materials used in this course, and the limited supply of those materials, all work on projects will take place in Room 363 during class time, therefore, it is essential that students use all studio time efficiently and participation is essential.


·      Weekly process and participation grades

·      Warm-ups and reflections

·      Sketchbook assignments related to each individual project

·      4-6 large scale units


You will be required to complete a sketchbook assignment related to each unit project as well as various small in-class assignments related to the topics discussed that day.  Your sketchbook should also contain all relevant vocabulary and technical or process terms. Sketchbook assignments are part of your individual project grade.  See below.


Rubrics will be provided at the beginning of all projects outlining how they will be graded. You will be graded on areas such as: creativity, craftsmanship, work ethic, function, and various aspects of the elements and principles of design. See rubrics provided at the start of each assignment. *** Please note: you will be required to return rubrics and assignments packets upon completion of each project.  If packets and rubrics are lost it is your responsibility to find replacements.  If packets are not submitted with final projects, points will be deducted from final project grade. ***


It is expected that you will work both in class and outside of class to complete the assignments in an appropriate amount of time.  Points will be deducted from work ethic on all projects that are late.  If you fall behind during a project, you must set up a time with Miss Morningstar to catch up after class.  Please plan ahead as I am not always available and this room is not always open for students.  If you have not worked to your fullest potential or made full use of class time you will not be allowed extra time to complete the assignment.


  • The WASHS code of conduct applies in all of my classes. My class rule: RESPECT – me, the materials and resources, your classmates and yourself. Be open to new ideas and artistic suggestions to your work.

  • Use your class time wisely while focusing all your energy into working on the project at hand.

  • Play and Create - but allow my assignments to push you. Don’t just create something you have already done before…

  • Don’t throw clay. It’s silly, and you will never touch clay again if you do.

It is expected that you will be in your seats, quiet and ready to begin class when the bell rings.  Unexcused and repeated lateness will result in a phone call or email home.  Absences must be excused and legitimate, attendance lists are checked daily to verify legal absences.  You are responsible for making up class work and reviewing materials discussed in class.  Students found skipping are given a ‘0’ for any assignments that day.

Students cannot use cell phones in class at any time.  If you are caught using your cell phone it will be taken away and given to the office until the end of the day.  

Clean-up and Maintenance:

Everyone is required to clean-up their own workspace 5 minutes prior to the end of the block.  This includes picking up all materials and returning them to their proper locations, logging off and returning computers (if used), and tucking in chairs/stools.  Those that clean-up early will be asked to stay extra time after the bell to assist in additional clean-up tasks.

No food or drink is to be consumed in the studio at any time during the day.

All purses, bags and other belongings should be placed under the tables when you enter the room and remain there for the entire class time.

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